Rhineland was the local name, a name taken on from a place-name. Originally denoting the proprietorship of a village or estate, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Waldenbu was given to someone who lived at the weald, near a wood or wasteland. In Silesia, a town named Waldenburg was erected in 1426. Waldenbu is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Waldenbu family
Rhineland and Westphalia, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name Waldenburg (or Waldenberg) became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts, each group striving for supremacy in an ever changing territorial profile. Waldenburg is also a town of Silesia established in 1426.
Early History of the Waldenbu family
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Waldenbu Spelling Variations
Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Waldenbu include Waldenberg, Waldenberg, Waldenburger, Waldenberger and many more.
Early Notables of the Waldenbu family (pre 1700)
Baron Gerhard von Waldenburg, who was Privy Councellor at the court in Mainz, as well as steward, private tutor, and major-domo at Aschaffenburg. In 1649...
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Migration of the Waldenbu family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Waldenbu, or one of its variants above: Martin Waldenberger, who came to Philadelphia in 1858; Augusta Waldberg, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1794; F.S. Waldberg, who arrived in New York city in 1822.
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